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Director: Dr. Amir H. Golnabi, an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences, is a biomedical engineer with a background in applied mathematics and computer engineering. He himself graduated from Montclair State University in 2007 with a BS degree in Mathematics. After completing his PhD and postdoctoral training at Dartmouth College and Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, respectively, he joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University in 2014. He has been awarded numerous awards, fellowships and grants, and has held several leadership positions such as the Chair of the Mass General Postdoc Association, and president of the IEEE student chapter at Dartmouth College. Dr. Golnabi’s research interest includes mathematical modeling, numerical methods and medical image processing. More specifically, he is interested in the science of biomedical imaging, how data can be collected, processed, assembled and presented as an image, how it may be visualized, and how it may be interpreted. In addition, his research focuses on the application of biomedical imaging for new methods, techniques and tools to further understanding of biological mechanisms of human diseases.

Amir Golnabi

Associate Director: Dr. Imad Zaheer is the director for the Clinic for Evidence-based Practices in Schools (CEPS), as part of the Secondary and Special Education Department at Montclair State University. He earned his PhD in Pediatric School Psychology from Lehigh University, followed by completing his pre-doctoral internship at Centennial School at Lehigh University and post-doctoral fellowship at Devereux’s Center for Effective Schools. Dr. Zaheer has worked on numerous projects in clinics, hospitals and public and alternative school settings that involve direct and indirect (consultation) services across individual, group (classrooms) and systems level. His research focus is on implementation science that cuts across three broad areas of enhancing services for individuals (with a focus on emotional and behavioral disorders; EBD), supporting effective school and healthcare systems that can sustain best practices and creating comprehensive and integrated prevention programs, especially those that cut across mental and physical health concerns.

Imad Zaheer

Lauren M. Dinour, DrPH, RD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at Montclair State University. Her research focuses on health-promoting policies, programs and practices that improve childhood nutrition and food security, particularly in the areas of school food and breastfeeding. A Registered Dietitian (RD) and public health professional, Dr. Dinour holds a DrPH with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from the Graduate Center (CUNY), an MPH with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College (CUNY), and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Nutrition faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Dinour worked as a practitioner and researcher in community-based and public health settings in the areas of childhood nutrition and food policy, such as Head Start centers, WIC offices and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Dinour is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition and New Jersey Dietetics Association.

Lauren Dinour

Peter A. Hosick, PhD ACSM-RCEP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at Montclair State University. His research interests include how obesity alters the normal physiologic response to exercise and the role that physical activity plays to mitigate those changes. Dr. Hosick is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine with expertise in exercise for clinical populations, particularly the obese. Dr. Hosick completed his PhD in Human Movement Science at The University of North Carolina. Upon completion of his PhD he began an NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he researched the heme-oxygenase pathway as a potential treatment option for obesity. Through his research, he hopes to gain a better understanding of the endocrine and metabolic response to exercise in obesity. The ultimate goal is to uncover ideal weight loss strategies for obese individuals that are specific, manageable and long-term.

Peter Hosick

Evan L. Matthews, PhD ACSM-RCEP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at Montclair State University, and a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Matthews completed his doctoral work at the University of Delaware in Applied Physiology. Dr. Matthews is a cardiovascular physiologist whose research falls under the umbrella of the health sciences. Much of his research investigates how exercise and diet impact cardiovascular health. Many of his studies examine the effects of dietary sodium on artery function and blood pressure regulation. Dr. Matthews also studies blood pressure responses to stressors like muscle contraction and women’s health/sex differences.

Evan Matthews

David A. Phillips, PhD CSCS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at Montclair State University. Dr. Phillips completed his doctoral work at the University of Oregon focusing on muscle forces and neuromuscular control at the shoulder. Dr. Phillips is an applied biomechanical scientist and focuses on the study of human movement. At Montclair State University, his research continues to focus on shoulder muscle forces and neural control through proprioception. In addition, he is developing two other research lines. The first is using virtual reality to study postural responses to visual perturbations and the second is investigating physical therapy interventions for shoulder pathologies. Lastly, Dr. Phillips’ graduate students are leading projects relating to ACL injury prevention and benefits of foam rolling in sports and exercise. The equipment for these research agendas is housed in the Exercise Science Lab. The equipment includes 3D motion capture cameras and magnetic trackers, force plates, electromyography, Oculus Rift (VR) and a biodex dynamometer.

David Phillips

Stefan Robila, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science. His main research interests are in computational sensing i.e. the process of extraction, analysis and use of knowledge about sensed phenomena. Specifically, Dr. Robila has worked extensively with collection and analysis of spectral data, as well as the development and implementation of computationally efficient feature extraction algorithms that use high-performance computing. More recently, he is also working on the development of robotic platforms as well as on the use of robotic technologies and sensors in various environments such as healthcare industries. Finally, he served as project director, organizing and managing undergraduate research programs including two National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site projects and one REU supplement. Dr. Robila is interested in investigating aspects of human-computer and human-robot interaction and expects to develop research projects on how the use of technology affects patient outcomes and student training.

Stefan Robila

Haiyan Su, PhD is an Associate professor of Statistics/Biostatistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Su has solid training in biostatistics and has been involved in many health-related research projects. She has collaborated with a variety of faculty and published papers in nutrition science, psychology, psychiatry and some medical fields in helping with statistical design and data analysis. She is also the biostatistical consultant in the Coordinating Center of Montclair State University-New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence.

Haiyan Su